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Texting while driving in a very serious distraction while driving, and is becoming more common among teen drivers every day. Texting and driving has become a danger for people of all ages in the United States. An estimated 20 percent of drivers are sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel. People texting or using a cell phone while driving causes more accidents than DUI’s.

It is a dangerous habit and very distracting. Even a quick glance at the phone can distract you just enough that you cause a car accident. For every two seconds that a driver has their eyes off the road to read a text, or answer/make a phone call, they are twice as likely to have an accident. The average teen receives an average of 2, 899 texts a month, a lot of which are while they are behind the wheel.

A 2007 study conducted by AAA and Seventeen magazines showed that 61 percent of teens admit to risky driving habits and 46 percent of that 61 admit that they were texting while driving. As more people become more technology savvy, this number is expected to grow, not only to teens, but to adults as well. A driver using a cell phone can cut a drivers reaction time to that of a 70 year old, which can cause serious accidents.

In 2008, nearly 6,000 people were killed, and half a million were injured in cell phone related accidents and in any given time during daylight hours more than 800,000 vehicles were operated by a person using a hand-held cell phone devise.

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released their findings in a study in 2009 which showed their preliminary findings of their study of driver distraction in commercial vehicles. Below is their graph with their findings.



Risk Increases of Cell Phone Tasks by Vehicle Type


Cell phone task


Risk of crash or near event crash


Light Vehicle Dialing


2.8 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Light Vehicle Talking/Listening


1.3 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Light Vehicle Reaching for object (i.e. electronic device...)


1.4 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Dialing


5.9 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Talking/Listening


1.0 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Use/Reach for electronic device


6.7 times as high as non‐distracted driving


Heavy Vehicles/Trucks Text messaging


23.2 times as high as non‐distracted driving




Drivers not only find it hard to concentrate on the road way, and pay attention to what is in front of or around them, but they find it hard to stay in their own lane while texting. Although there have been no formal studies done on traffic deaths contributed specifically to text messaging while driving, text messaging has become the main form of communication among teenagers.

Parents should set a clear example that texting or operating a cell phone while driving is a very bad habit. Teen drivers need to have an adult role model to show them right from wrong. Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teen drivers – more than drugs, guns or disease. As popular as text messaging is among today’s teens, there need to be laws put in place to prevent the cause of accidents on the roadways.
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Well done, anything that can get the message across should deserve a pass.

You need to promote 'Pester Power', children letting adults know that what they are doing is putting 'their' lifes at risk. It should be as unacceptable as lighting a cigarette in the midst of a funeral for someone that died of lung cancer.